Candidate for NHS England top job says GP federations are the future

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6303
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

General practices in the United Kingdom must be willing to adapt and move away from working in isolation to meet the healthcare challenges of the future, one of the leading candidates to be the next head of the NHS in England has said.

Mark Britnell, chairman and partner of global health practice at consultancy firm KPMG, who is tipped as a potential successor to David Nicholson as chief executive of NHS England, also called for the NHS to adopt innovative ways of working from abroad, echoing the recent recommendations of healthcare regulator Monitor.1

In a speech at the Best Practice 2013 conference in Birmingham on 16 October, Britnell, who worked in the NHS for 20 years before taking up his current role—most recently as the director of commissioning at the Department of Health—said that UK primary care was envied across the world, …

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